Quality of Life and the Predictive Roles of Religiosity and Spiritual Coping Among Nursing Students: A Multi-country Study

  • Rhea Faye D. Felicilda-ReynaldoEmail author
  • Jonas Preposi Cruz
  • Ionna V. Papathanasiou
  • John C. Helen Shaji
  • Simon M. Kamau
  • Kathryn A. Adams
  • Glenn Ford D. Valdez
Original Paper


There has been high interest in religious and spirituality practices among college students due to positive benefits to university life. However, no studies have been conducted examining nursing students’ religiosity and use of spiritual coping and its impact on their QOL. This cross-sectional, descriptive study measured the QOL and examined the predictive roles of religiosity and spiritual coping among nursing students from four countries. Nursing students reported high overall QOL and health. Significant differences were revealed on the religiosity and spiritual coping of students in terms of demographic characteristics. Findings show frequent attendance to organized and non-organized religious activities lead to better physical and environmental domains, and using non-organized religious activities frequently lead to improved psychological health. More frequent use of non-religious coping strategies was associated with better physical, psychological, and environmental health, and improved social relationships.


Religiosity Spirituality Quality of life Nursing students Spiritual coping 


Authors’ Contributions

All authors have met the criteria for authorship recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rhea Faye D. Felicilda-Reynaldo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jonas Preposi Cruz
    • 2
  • Ionna V. Papathanasiou
    • 3
  • John C. Helen Shaji
    • 4
  • Simon M. Kamau
    • 5
  • Kathryn A. Adams
    • 6
  • Glenn Ford D. Valdez
    • 7
  1. 1.School of Nursing and Dental HygieneUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Nursing Department, College of Applied Medical SciencesShaqra UniversityAl DawadmiSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Nursing DepartmentUniversity of ThessalyLarissaGreece
  4. 4.Medical and Surgical Department, Mohamed Sathak A.J. College of NursingThe Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical UniversityChennaiIndia
  5. 5.Nursing DepartmentUniversity of KabiangaKerichoKenya
  6. 6.School of NursingMissouri State UniversitySpringfieldUSA
  7. 7.Oman College of Health Sciences - DhofarSalalah CitySultanate of Oman

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